My Monster Router Table #1: Step 1- Sketch Up Design

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 10-26-2010 09:04 AM 2243 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok I now am somewhat fluent in Sketch-up! Woo Hooo. It only took me getting horribly sick for two weeks. Came down with a cold October 11th, which turned into a horrible sinus infection on October 14th. My fever broke for good this past Saturday. I actually made use of my time though. Started out watching all the videos on and off I went.

It took me some trial and error, and using my wifes 17” laptop instead of my Netbook. The idea was mine but I wasn’t the first to have it. I used a few LJ members designs as a starting point, thanks to Blake, PurpLev, & SWM. But of course I always have to over engineer everything I design. My first real wood project I ever did was a deck about 8 years ago. I built a 30ft by 60ft deck that took up half our back yard and was sturdy enough to land a 747 on. So in that tradition I have the top made of a torsion box, supported by 3 28” cross sheets of 3/4” mdf and 2 half length 24” pieces of 5/8” mdf. I resisted the urge to add 2”x2” wood support columns on the 4 corners but I still believe I need them. Sadly this is the scaled down version, my first attempt was 48” long by 34” wide!

I am feeling much better and can’t wait to get started building this bad boy in the next 2 or 3 days!!!!

Picture doesn’t include Casters that will be installed.



-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 03:01 PM

I like the design. I too have an Incra fence but was undecided what type of base I was going to put it on. You may have just made up my mind for me. I’m looking forward to following your blog on the building of this beast.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 03:20 PM

This one is still on my “future projects” list. I’ll be following with interest!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 03:40 PM

Make sure you allow for the distance the casters will raise it. I made that mistake once before and the darn thing was too high. Good luck!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 04:29 PM


Nice looking design. Makes me jealous, wish I had more room.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 04:48 PM

nice design, and thanks for the mention.

Are you planing on making an access door to get to the router chamber?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 05:15 PM

Nice design but I think Incra has to come up with a better way to make an accurate RT fence. There is so much wasted space back there and you have to dedicate a significant amount of shop space for it. Same goes for their TS fence.

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 06:32 PM

PurpLev- I am not sure on the access door yet, it’s easy enough to add on though. I’m going to put a big Rockler shut off switch on the right side. I’m not sure what I would do with a side access door, I guess it would make plugging the router in easier but I am not sure exactly how I am going to run the power yet.

Thanks for publishing the Incra LS Positioner & fence to the Sketch-Up site. You really did a masterful job designing it!

ChuckC- That is one of the reasons I am not directly attaching the Incra Jig to the top of the box. It is also why I added so many doors & drawers. I am going to use the top for other tasks when not using the Incra Jig. I am going to store other frequently used tools & accessories inside the cabinet. I have the Dewalt 618 with 3 different bases. Just being able to store that inside the cabinet will make for more room in the shop.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 03:25 AM

Beware…Beware…The power of sketchup is a mighty tool in a novice’s hands! I should know.

Now that you have all those ideas swimming around up there…here is another router table project that I really liked. This guy incorported a kreg-type clamping system into the table. Pretty darn cool. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate into my design.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 08:26 AM

Yeah I have an Assembly Table I have been itching to retrofit with Kreg Table Clamps. It’s a 4×8 Oak Library table I reinforced with stretchers. I picked it up for $5 at auction. It’s the price of those Kreg tracks that have kept me from doing it yet.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 10:31 AM

If you haven’t ordered that Rockler switch yet, you might consider grizzly for a less expensive option. I have two different grizzly switches in my shop, that work great. Hope your sickness is gone and you are back to good health. I recently had a cold that took over a month to shake. I couldn’t hear out of one ear for two or three weeks.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 04:56 PM

Nice looking design and an invaluable tool. I had fun building mine (modified Norm A. design – see my “projects”) and I can’t imagine how I bumbled along without it.

I agree with 559dustdesigns. I put the Grizzly switch on mine. It works great, is well designed and made and it costs less.

-- 73, Bob

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